Freshman Andrea Ramirez leads all BYU hitters with a .367 batting average as the Cougars head to Oregon for six games in three days. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- In the final week before Mountain West Conference play begins, BYU heads to Oregon to compete in perhaps its toughest road trip of the season.
The Cougars (17-6) will play six games against four teams--three of which were ranked in the USA Softball/ESPN.com preseason Top-25. BYU will also be looking for a better showing than a similar trip to Oregon last season where the Cougars went 1-5.
Play starts for BYU Thursday afternoon when the Cougars face No. 22 DePaul in a doubleheader. Game times are scheduled for 2 and 4 p.m. (PST). Friday, BYU will play a twinbill against Oregon with the same start times. The Cougars first four games will be played in Eugene, Ore.
BYU will then make the short trip to Corvallis, Ore. to take on Akron and No. 8 Oregon State on Saturday. Game times are projected for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. The Beavers are one of the hottest teams in Division I softball, having won their last 21 games.
The Cougars, who were idle last week, will use the Oregon trip as their final tune up before MWC play begins on March 30 at home against UNLV.